A friend of mine told me a few weeks ago that in her experience, two weeks after giving birth she would think 'Now I'm back to normal!' (physically), but then 2 weeks after that she would realize that no, 'NOW, I'm back to normal!' and then another two weeks would go by so that finally by 6 weeks post-partum she would finally really BE 'back to normal'.
After Clara's birth, it took me a lot longer than 6 weeks. So, that after Audrey was born and I felt AWESOME I really did start thinking I was 'back to normal' in only a couple of weeks. I knew, though, that my inability to keep my head above water with taking care of two babies and house cleaning and piano teaching and cooking... was partially due to the fact that I was physically not ready to be running in so many circles.
Last Friday was 6 weeks. Then some kind of cold virus went through our house and I felt like crap over the weekend. Of course I refused to properly rest and spent the weekend shopping anyway, because I can't pass up an opportunity to get out of the house!
Monday morning I really did feel like I was finally, truly, 'back to normal'. Since I haven't been working regularly outside of the home (since I was 6 months pregnant with Clara) I have been showering in the evening, going to bed with wet hair, and trying to stay in bed as long as humanly possible each morning. This week I decided it was time to be finished with that, and refused to shower on Sunday night. This meant I was forced to get up early enough in the morning to shower before my husband left for work (because I still haven't figured out how - or been brave enough - to shower with Clara running around the house).
Monday was a great day for me. I was up early(ish), I got the house cleaned and cupcakes made and decorated for Clara's little birthday deal in the evening. I played and coloured with her and we made some Christmas cards. I even got some laundry put away! Clara was oddly fussy all day for getting more attention from me than usual, but maybe she was just excited for her Grandparents to come over...
Physically, I'm a little bit ahead of the game after this pregnancy. I was 5 months pregnant in June when my Dad died, but instead of having gained weight, I had actually lost 10lbs. By the time Audrey was full-term, I had gained only a few pounds total - not even enough to cover her weight. When I walked out of the hospital, I weighed exactly what I had when I got pregnant, and have since lost a few more pounds.
Unfortunately, my love of night-snacking has returned with a vengeance, just in time for the holidays :(
Probably partly because of the weight, I have a lot more energy and I'm feeling good about getting back into a routine again. I'm looking forward to feeling like I've actually accomplished something on a daily basis.
Breastfeeding hasn't gone as well with Audrey as it did with Clara, contrary to the idea that second children will be easier. She doesn't drink with as much vigor as Clara did, and Audrey will pull away often and frequently seem satisfied with a small snack and then refuse to eat any more. It's frustrating, because I know she's going to want more in about an hour, but there's no way to make her eat more at one time - she just won't.
Also, on a more disgusting note - I suddenly have the most horrendous b.o. and I think it must have something to do with breastfeeding. I Google'd it, and found I wasn't the only one to blame breastfeeding on sudden b.o. issues, so I'm hoping it will go away afterward? In the meantime, I've had to throw away a couple of washcloths because they wouldn't lose the smell and made the bathroom smell absolutely awful. I learned about 'clinical strength' deodorant and have been using that for the past week - it seems to work pretty well, actually. Has anyone else ever had that problem? This didn't happen with Clara!
And an excited big sister...
How far along? Would be 40 weeks – 3 days post-partum
How big is baby? 7 pounds and 2 ounces today – she was born at 7 pounds and 9 ounces, and I'm told this amount of weight loss is actually not much and a really good sign!
Weight gain/loss? I left the hospital weight EXACTLY what I weighed going in.
Feeling: Amazing!!! Maybe it's just because my post-partum was physically so difficult with Clara that comparatively this one is so much better – either way, I feel incredible!
The only complaint I have are the nursing cramps. I don't remember these with Clara, but luckily the nurse at the hospital reminded me that nursing can cause considerable cramping as the uterus tightens itself up after birth. She also let me know that it often gets worse with each baby. I've noticed they sometimes seem to pop up just when I'm looking at Audrey – or thinking about her! And they are really uncomfortable! They are probably bothering me more than my stitches...
Maternity clothes? I'll probably wear maternity clothes for awhile – I didn't have a lot that fit me before getting pregnant so I'll have to go shopping, and I don't want to buy too much until I know what size to buy...
Sleep: Getting lots! My baby is a sleeper!
What I miss? About being pregnant? Right now – not a thing! I'm glad to be done!
Best moment this week: Having a squirming, crying, slimy, vernix-covered baby lying on my chest.
How far along? 39 weeks – today, I guess! I thought my 'official' due date was October 28th, but when we were at the hospital on Saturday the doctor said 'October 29th' was the date on my chart. Whatever.
How big is baby? The only thing new I know from last week is that my fundus measurement was 37 centimeters.
Weight gain/loss? At my last appointment I was exactly 3kg heavier than I had been when I got pregnant, which is about 6.6 lbs.
Feeling: Pretty sick of pregnancy. I've been having the occasional 'pregnant' headache, but my biggest annoyance right now are the contractions. We were in the hospital on Saturday evening for a 'false alarm', and early this morning I had about 3 hours of contractions spaced at 5 minutes apart – and these ones got quite painful. In the end, I decided that I would be more comfortable at home anyway, so I might as well 'stick it out' as long as possible. Good thing I did, because they must have gone away and I eventually fell asleep.
Maternity clothes? I actually purchased Maternity clothes this past week – as I was packing for the hospital, I realized I didn't have much for 'comfy' clothing for labour or post-partum. Also, a local Maternity store had PJ sets on sale, so I spoiled myself. I've been thinking I might want to stock up on nursing shirts for this 'go around' also... with Clara I got creative with layers, but I might want something nicer for the next year or two. Especially now that I know it will likely be a year or two...
Sleep: Not much last night, with the contractions and all... I've been experiencing the odd 'itchy time' before falling asleep – is this normal? I had to go and have a bath last night also, to make the itching go away... just dry skin?
Food cravings/aversions: I'm hyper sensitive to spices and salt – I really hope that goes away after the baby is born.
Movement? Yes, lots! It seems she has decided she has enough room after all... or she's trying to dig herself out.
Baby Preparations: Finally got the hospital bag packed (AFTER the false alarm, of course :)
What I'm looking forward to or NOT looking forward to: Not really looking forward to being in the hospital again, but I'm definitely looking forward to finally meeting this little girl!
Next Appointment:. Thursday!
Yesterday evening, as my husband and I were driving out of the city to attend a family event, I began feeling regular contractions. I have to note here, that they were NOT painful, and although this may seem odd to some, after some online reading it seems to be more common than I thought for women to experience non-painful, or even 'silent' contractions. Later, I'll comment on why I became more convinced that this was something I could experience also.
As we drove, I checked the clock on each contraction and found they were coming at 2 to 4 minute intervals. Again, they were not painful, but my uterus was certainly contracting - it felt hard on the outside, and internally felt like a cramped muscle that I was unable to relax before it finally faded after about 30 seconds or so. Occasionally, they were accompanied by a period-like cramping and 'stretching' feeling at what felt like my cervix. I had felt contractions similar to this before, almost always prompted by one of my labour inducing techniques and never continuing at regular intervals for more than about 15 minutes. As we got further away from the city (and the nearest hospital), we decided to continue to our destination since we would then be able to leave our daughter with family and be able to quickly return to the hospital if necessary. I had also read that false labour contractions are likely to fade away if you change what you are doing, or have a large glass of water. I decided that when we arrived at our destination, getting up from a sitting position and having a drink of water would help me determine if these contractions were going to continue, or go away. They remained unchanged - I continued to feel them at regular intervals of 2 to 4 minutes for another half hour. I suggested to Brian that we attempt a longer walk, and excused ourselves from the party for a few minutes to take a short walk around the block. About a minute into the walk, I experienced a contraction - this one even slightly stronger than the others I had experienced that evening.
Considering it was a Saturday evening, so no one had to worry about going to work the next morning, and we were in a location where we could quickly leave our daughter to go to the hospital, it seemed like a convenient time to go in and 'check' at the very least, to see what - if anything - was going on. Brian was also concerned about being 'caught with our pants up' too far away from the hospital, and was in a hurry to get back to the city, 'just in case'. So we left Clara with family and drove back the city. My contractions continued throughout this, some of which even getting more intense and almost painful. By the time we reached the hospital, it had been going on for an hour and a half. I know that for many women, this may not seem like a long time to be experiencing contractions, but I come from a line of women who had under 10 hour labours, some of which were even 1 or 2 hour labours, so I have always been aware that I should not assume to have a ton of time after I have determined that contractions may have begun.
When we got to the hospital, I started to feel as though the contractions were lessening and without the aid of a clock I couldn't tell if the intervals were still regular. When I explained what was going on to the Labour Assessment nurse, she said "Non painful contractions? Is that possible?". This made me feel a little bit silly, I'll confess, but I was sure after my reading that it wasn't as rare as some might think...
I was strapped to their monitoring equipment, and to make a long story short they determined that I was not in labour and eventually sent me home. Frustratingly, I also hadn't dilated any further which seemed surprising considering I thought I had figured out what 'dilating' felt like, and was certain I had felt it a few times over the past few days.
During their procedure, a resident doctor asked me to explain my last pregnancy to them. In a nutshell, I came into the hospital thinking my water 'may have' broken, because I was leaking sudden small trickles of liquid that didn't seem as controllable as urine typically is. It turned out to be true, and they determined the need to induce labour. After induction, I waited for 3 hours - feeling nothing throughout this time - until they broke my water 'completely'. I must have been at 6 or 7cm dilated by this time, and it wasn't until my water was fully broken that I felt anything at all. Last week, I came across a forum post where a women explained having not felt contractions until her water was broken at 7cm. Correct me if I'm wrong here, but in order to dilate, doesn't a woman have to experience contractions? If a woman can dilate up to 7cm without feeling anything, doesn't that indicate that she has experienced some degree of silent labour? This triggered for me, since my experience was the same. I must have dilated to about 7cm without feeling any contractions until they finally rushed things along by 'finishing' the breaking of my water.
Because of all of this, I became determined that just because my contractions were not painful, did not necessarily determine that I could not be in 'true' labour. In this case I was wrong, but I still feel as though this could again be my experience.
Coming back to the article my friend sent me - I read it over twice this morning - and it describes so well how insecure I feel about the entire process of labour, despite having supposedly experiencing it once before.
The article talks about what women are told to expect at the onset of early labour. I recall this from our prenatal classes from my first pregnancy, that we were instructed to try to stay at home until contractions were relatively evenly spaced at about 5 minutes apart or less. I have also known this to be not the best indicator for everyone, as many women in my family describe their labours as happening so quickly that by the time their contractions were 5 minutes apart, baby was 5 minutes away from arriving and they no longer had time to reach a hospital. I have felt an ongoing confusion and discord between what 'women are told' to expect, and what I have heard from other women about what they actually experienced.
The article also mentions how women seem to want to be in the hospital as soon as they believe early labour has begun, instead of remaining at home. I know this isn't the case for everyone, but considering the fact that my first pregnancy didn't follow any of the 'textbook' labour patterns, I feel extremely unprepared for being able to determine what my body is doing at any point in the labouring process, and certainly feel more comfortable with the idea that if I am 'at least' in the hospital, someone else is in control of 'checking' what is really going on with my body.
The part of the article that resonated most with me, was her list of contradictory messages given out by hospitals regarding the labour and early labour process. Basically, all of these messages set women up to believe that although you need hospital and medical staff to help you determine what is going on with your body - these same professionals would prefer for women to stay at home for as long as they can to avoid unnecessary interventions, to avoid being sent home, all of which means that a woman must continue to feel alone and 'in the dark' about what is going on with her body. They give you the idea that being in hospital is the safest place to be during labour, and yet women are often encouraged to stay away from this safety - which is evidenced in how women are often praised for staying at home as long as possible, and sometimes led to feel dumb for coming in too soon.
I can't say that I felt silly or dumb at all for going into the hospital last night for 'nothing'. Based on what I have learned, I still believe that I had significant reason to believe that I should - at the very least - get things 'checked out'. However, I do remain in a state of confusion about what to expect from the onset of labour. I went into the hospital in 2010 fully assuming that it was a false alarm, and that we were going in 'just in case', but it turned out to be 'the real deal'. This time, I was wrong, but what if I hadn't been?
As I write this, another contraction grips my body. This time, I'll expect them to get at least somewhat more intense before taking a trip to the hospital...
I've done it. I've become so annoyingly impatient for this baby to arrive that I've started trying all of the silly Old Wives' tales that are said to help in inducing labour.
I blame the contractions.
Up until last Thursday, I was looking at the calendar in panic, thinking about all of the things I still had to do to get ready for baby - I wasn't at all ready. Also, my pregnancy was still easy and painless so I had no reason to want to be done in a hurry.
Then at my appointment last Thursday I was told that I was already 1cm dilated, and 50% effaced. That alone shouldn't have meant anything to me, since I was about 2cm dilated about 4 weeks early with Clara, and increased by about 1/2 cm each week until I was finally induced at about 4cm - about a week after my due date.
However, on the afternoon of last Thursday's appointment I decided to go for a walk with Clara - we needed to get out of the house together. In order to get the super-wide bike trailer stroller out of the garage, I had to take it out through the car door and the quickest way to do that is to push the 'door close' button and make a run for it - which I did. About 30 seconds after my little sprint, I experienced the strongest out-of-hospital contraction I had ever felt - even through my entire pregnancy with Clara.
It was then that I got a little excited. Not only had I read that often second (and subsequent) pregnancies progressed much faster than first pregnancies indicating that maybe 1cm meant much more this time than it had with Clara, I was suddenly thinking about 'what if this baby came today?'! And I got excited. All of my feelings of not being ready were suddenly unimportant, because if the baby came I would simply have to deal with everything that was unfinished afterward anyway - once the baby came, none of it really mattered any more.
So I kept walking. And contractions came and went for a couple hours before stopping.
That night I was online looking up 'natural ways to induce labour'. I know, I know, none of them are proven and some are even warned as being dangerous. I had already decided not to let my doctor strip my membranes this time based on my experience with Clara's pregnancy. Maybe the two had nothing to do with each other, but I really don't want to go there again...
Since that day, I've experienced a lot of uncomfortable period-like cramping, as well as intermittent contractions that leave me on edge and wondering what is going on.
So, here are some of the ridiculous things I've attempted to encourage things along... I'm entering that state of pregnancy where my mind is getting ready to lose all dignity in the hospital, so beware of too much information.
- Walking - I've gone for walks at least every other day, usually not very long but I'm walking nonetheless.
- Sex - Could have never done that at this stage of my first pregnancy, but I've been pretty ok with this one...
- Nipple Stimulation - I know, it's weird, but I usually spend a good hour or more in the tub every evening anyway, so why not?
- Pineapple - I came across my pregnancy journal from my first pregnancy, and I had evidently tried pineapple in the form of a chocolate fondu. Enter chocolate fondu with pineapple craving... We started this after Clara was in bed, but after hearing her sing to herself for half an hour, Brian went and got her to let her try the awesome 'Chocolate Dip' also - it was Friday night, after all ;)
- Curry - We had curry the other day for supper (with pineapple, of course), as spicy as I could handle it, which these days isn't much.
- Acupuncture - One of my close friends just happens to be a certified Acupuncturist, and she agreed to come over and do a few treatments on me to see if we could move things along a bit. From what I've read, acupuncture seems to be highly effective at inducing labour after baby's due date but even if it doesn't induce labour quickly seems to be able to reduce the likelyhood of induction. Ultimately, this is really all I want out of this pregnancy - not to be induced. So, Thursday evening I had one treatment and definitely felt my uterus respond to the treatment, but no labour that night. Then yesterday she did two treatments throughout the day - both again seemed to create mild contractions in my uterus but as of this morning I'm still not in labour.
All I have determined from all of these things is that many of them seem highly effective at starting mild contractions, but not actual labour. So really, they just end up teasing me more.
Frustratingly, my due date is October 28th which is only a week away, but the ultrasound that is deemed to be 'most accurate' at determining fetal age guessed my due date to be November 5th. My doctor informed me that since the dates were relatively close, there was no reason to change my original due date so I've been counting down to October 28th. BUT - what if November 5th actually is more accurate, and I still have over a week longer to go than I think I do?
I wish those contractions had never begun...
I'm getting to the point where counting how 'far along' seems less reasonable than counting 'how far is left'. If baby comes on or around her due date – only TWO WEEKS to go!!!
How big is baby? According to www.babycenter.ca, baby is now about 7lbs, and her length is likely nearing the length she will be at birth.
Weight gain/loss? From the start of my pregnancy to my appointment on Thursday, I had gained a total of 6.4lbs – which is actually almost a full 2lbs more than I had gained at the appointment the week before. Considering the fact that my weight often fluctuates by up to 5lbs daily, I'm not sure how accurate that is...
Feeling: Pregnant! It's finally hit me. The baby is weighing down, and I'm feeling frequent nerve spasms in my groin. I'm also having trouble sleeping. I'm trying not to feel too sorry for myself, since most of this pregnancy has been pretty easy, but I'm actually at the point now where I'd kind of like to get this 'pregnant' thing over with...
Maternity clothes? Getting sick of them, and wanting to go shopping! In a couple of months, hopefully – crossing my fingers!
Sleep: Getting difficult...
Food cravings/aversions: Starting to have late night cravings for food that doesn't seem to exist, so I have a glass of water and go to bed.
Movement? Frequent, and occasionally painful. She's trying to get out in all the wrong directions, it seems...
What I miss? Having energy. Feeling capable.
Best moment this week: Realizing my daughter had gone pretty much an entire week without any serious 'potty accidents'. We even went shopping with her, and at one point she announced that she had to pee and held it in until we found a bathroom for her, which wasn't an insignificant amount of time – so proud!
Baby preparations? We finally have a new dresser in the girls' room! Yay! I have now (finally) pulled out all of our infant clothes, and get to sort through it...
And organize all of our diapers for a newborn, some of which have to be sewn to fit smaller, and some of which have to be tossed and repurchased. I also need to do all of the diaper stripping, and clothing laundry.
What I'm looking forward to or NOT looking forward to: All of the work I still have to do...
Next Appointment:. This upcoming Thursday!
When I became pregnant with Clara in March of 2010, I found an old journal that had almost no entries in it and decided to adopt it for a 'Pregnancy Journal'. My thought was that it would serve two purposes. The first, would be for myself for future pregnancies to look back and compare what I had experienced earlier, because I am well aware of how quickly you can forget things - even things that seem so unforgettable at the moment.
The second purpose would be for any future daughters I might (hopefully) have, that they would have a record of what their mother's pregnancies were like. I wasn't really able to find out what my mothers' pregnancy had been like, so this was a valuable thing I didn't take for granted.
My initial purpose became useless when I lost the journal partway into my second pregnancy and didn't actually use it as a resource. It wasn't until yesterday, when I experienced a number of things I didn't remember from Clara's pregnancy that I pulled out the journal (it wasn't lost persay, just sort of misplaced) to compare.
First, here is what happened yesterday...
I had a doctor's appointment where I learned that I am already 1cm dilated. I do remember that in Clara's pregnancy, I was dilated up to a month (or more) early, and continued to dilate throughout the month. This is how I learned that dilating early doesn't mean anything, because Clara still arrived late!
However, after the appointment I had a bit of a pinkish 'show', which I did NOT remember experiencing with Clara, and also suddenly felt a lot of cramping, as though a weight was threatening to bust through me down there. I also became very uncomfortable, which after weeks of saying I was very ok with waiting for this baby to come in her own sweet time, made me suddenly very impatient for the discomfort to end. I also had one solid, painful contraction - unlike I ever remembered experiencing with Clara - even when I was in labour - and suddenly I felt as though I was about to have the baby that night.
This morning, I woke up and fished out the old pregnancy journal...
And discovered that actually, all of these things that had 'suddenly' happened to me had also happened to me during Clara's pregnancy. The difference was that during her pregnancy, I actually felt all of them a lot sooner and a lot more extremely (except the contraction - the one yesterday was still unique) during her pregnancy. They were only seeming so stressful now because this pregnancy has been comparitavely so much easier. I've become a big wuss, is all. :)
Anyway, after realizing these things are NOT necessarily signs of impending labour, as well as feeling much more comfortable today so far, I probably have a while to wait yet for this baby's arrival, and I'm back to being ok with that.
Tonight we are going to go shop for a 'coming home' outfit for her, and tomorrow morning my Mom is delivering the dresser for the girls' room. We have to sort through baby clothes, and get the house organized and ready for her arrival. There is also a ton of junk in the bassinet that, in absence of a baby, has been used as a storage facility for clothing :)
I'm not quite ready for her yet... maybe next week.
At 37 weeks, this baby is officially considered to be 'full-term', as in, she could be born today and no longer be considered a 'pre-mie'.
How big is baby? According to www.babycenter.ca, about 6.5lbs and up to 20cm. Clara was about 7.5lbs and 21cm so I'm expecting this one to be about the same, maybe a few ounces bigger...
Weight gain/loss? At my last appointment, I had lost a half pound (despite my insistence on eating a crazy amount of junk now that it seems I'm immune to weight gain), which means my total weight gain is now sitting at about 4.5 pounds. Please don't hate me, my Dad died in June and I had LOST 10 pounds around that time which was already 4-5 months into my pregnancy.
Feeling: Still off and on exhausted – as in, can't walk 3 feet or remain in a sitting position for any longer and must lie down NOW exhausted – but otherwise pretty good. Every other day or so, I experience about 10 minutes of nausea that sends me to the toilet to wretch, but it only lasts about 10 minutes so I guess I can't complain about that either.
Sleep: Last night I really struggled with falling asleep – I just tossed and turned. It seemed odd, but I suppose by this point in pregnancy this should be pretty normal...
Food cravings/aversions: I've been avoiding anything that I disliked earlier in this pregnancy, so I haven't really had any aversions lately. Yesterday I saw Raisin Bran in my aunt's cupboard and just HAD TO HAVE IT! So we stopped for a box on the way home...
Movement? Probably less... I'm sure she's running out of room in there.
What I miss? Feeling like a capable mother and housewife. I've been so tired lately that I feel like I'm doing a lousy job of either (which, truthfully, I am).
Best moment this week: Cuddling on the couch and watching 'Mary Poppins' with Clara. She's been feeling a little bit sick lately, otherwise I don't think I would have gotten the cuddle time. It was sad that she wasn't feeling well, but I enjoyed having her snuggle against me.
Baby preparations? We were supposed to have a dresser today, but shipping was delayed until mid-next week. Hopefully it'll come before baby does! :)
What I'm looking forward to or NOT looking forward to: I'm actually really looking forward to meeting this little girl. Still scared of juggling two, but becoming less nervous. SOOO glad about that...
Next Appointment:. Thursday afternoon! I'm at the point where my appointments are weekly, and I have all of them booked on Thursdays for the month of October.
Milestones: I have to post this, because I just read this on www.babycenter.ca, and it stuck in my mind:
“Speaking of hair, most of the downy coat of lanugo that covered your baby from 26 weeks has disappeared, and so has most of the vernix caseosa, the whitish substance that also covers her. Your baby will swallow her lanugo and exterior coating, along with other secretions, and store them in her bowels. These will become your infant's first bowel movement, a blackish waste called meconium.”
Four weeks to go... I am so NOT ready!!!
How big is baby? According to www.babycenter.ca, she is about 6lbs now, and about 19 inches long. Clara was about 21 inches at birth, so it makes sense the girls might be about the same size.
Feeling: More energized than usual, for the most part. I have a bit of a day-on/day-off energy rotation, so some days I feel like I'm getting a lot done (nesting, possibly?), and other days I'm just waiting for my next chance to nap! Oh, I've also been getting nauseous occasionally, which is different for me – running to the bathroom to wretch at least once daily.
Maternity clothes? I watched 'What to Expect when You're Expecting' last night, and Cameron Diaz wears this awesome dark blue dress while she's hanging around her house and I LOVED it. I wanted to go out and buy it immediately, but was a little bit sad to remember that I was a little bit passed the stage of buying maternity clothes :(
Sleep: Sleeping ok, but staying up too late to try to get things done. Also having extremely vivid dreams that probably aren't letting me rest. Most of them have my Dad in them somehow, so I tend to wake up in tears.
Movement: Lots! My belly looks like an alien life form is taking over it...
What I miss: Still wine...
Best moment this week: Realizing that my daughter will be potty trained by the time the baby comes! (I think, anyway...)
Baby preparations: I so suck at this... We should be getting a dresser for her soon! :)
What I'm looking forward to or NOT looking forward to: Still nervous about the 'juggling two babies' thing... I get flustered when I have to carry Clara AND a diaper bag. I'm not sure how I'll handle two. I blame being short – it's hard to carry a lot when you're really close to the ground. That's a valid excuse, right?
Next Appointment:. Thursday afternoon! From now on, it's weekly appointments.
I can't believe I have only 5 weeks (give or take) to go!
How big is baby? According to www.babycenter.ca (photo credit), she is about 5.25lbs, which is almost exactly what my last ultrasound guessed last week – I think he said 5.3lbs. She should also be about 18 inches long.
Weight gain/loss? According to my doctor, my total weight gain has been about 5lbs. Since I had initially lost 10lbs in the first half of pregnancy, it was a bit concerning but it probably had more to do with stress because my Dad died. Now that I'm gaining again, my doctor seems really excited about how healthy I seem.
Feeling? Pretty good, actually. The last few days I experienced a surge in energy that sort of took me by surprise. I was seriously hoping I wasn't 'nesting' just yet – I'm not quite ready for this baby to arrive just yet! Today I'm feeling a bit more lethargic again... time to relax a little more!
Sleep? Normally good, although the night before last I woke up at about 30-60 minute intervals for no evident reason and had trouble falling back asleep. Last night I slept much better, but still not enough to catch up.
Food cravings/aversions? Nothing specific, I just don't eat much of anything.
Movement? Less and less. I think she's running out of space in there.
What I miss? Wine...
Best moment this week? On Saturday, Brian and I had a date. Yay! We left mid-afternoon and wandered the mall and a favourite bookstore to do some Christmas window shopping for ideas – mostly for Clara, of course! And then we went to a local french restaurant that serves dishes based on food they can find locally from nearby farms and businesses. Their menu changes daily, so they don't have printed menus – they bring you a chalkboard with the menu printed on it and leave it to sit on a chair near your table until you are ready to order. Very cool atmosphere, and the food was amazing! Although having a glass or two of wine to go with it would have improved the evening... :)
Baby preparations? We went shopping with my Mom on the weekend, and she ordered a dresser for the girls' room. It's due to arrive in about two weeks – when we get it, we will have no excuse anymore, it will be time to get... Natalie's? Audrey's? Charlotte's?... clothes ready for her arrival!
What I'm looking forward to or NOT looking forward to? I'm looking forward to having a couple of weeks with Brian at home to help – although I'm NOT looking forward to the extra work we will have with TWO babies (sometimes Clara seems more like a baby than other times... but she's still pretty little!)
Next Appointment: Tomorrow??? Next week?? I should figure that out...
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